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VFW 7676 Commander Gary Larimore, left, and VFW Chaplain Bruce Tucker honor fallen comrades at the Altamont Veterans Day celebration at the Carriage House Event Center.

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Roger’s Home Appliances in Altamont raffled off a limited-edition Speed Queen washer and dryer. Pictured are, front row, from left, raffle winner Marcella Wolf, Roger and Penney Beccue’s grandson, Kelton Dunaway, Penney Beccue; back row: Roger’s Home Appliances employee Steve Calhoun, and Roger Beccue.

First graders celebrate the 50th day of school by wearing 50s attire. From left to right, Krista Hall, Aiden Rosales, Ashton Buchanan, Madison Scouten, Haydyn Baker, Trenton McClelland.

David Cox pulls the American flag down the pole as Richard Laue watches. To the left, Wayne Lovett, in the forefront, and Doyle Beck stand at attention at the St. Elmo Veterans Day Flag Ceremony.

The Bumble Bee Rose Buy-Sell-Trade Store in Brownstown held a ribbon cutting on Saturday, Nov. 7. Pictured from left to right are: Brownstown Village Clerk Robin Lovett, Village Treasurer Karen Morrison, Village President Virginia Wilber, and store owners Judy and "Speed" Dill with family and friends.


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Wurl in court on fraud charges Print E-mail
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Monday, 23 November 2015 13:40


Altamont native Nick Wurl appeared in the U.S. District Court of Northern Illinois on Tuesday, Nov. 10 for a hearing in his fraud case.

He was formerly the president of Ludiera Capital, LLC and is charged with defrauding investors through the firm.

Wurl’s defense attorney informed the court that due to the need of time to review government discovery, he requested a change of plea date and a trial date. The new change of plea is scheduled for Dec. 18 at 10 a.m., while the trial date is set for Feb. 22 at 9 a.m.

St. Elmo school board reviews district report card Print E-mail
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Monday, 23 November 2015 13:39


The St. Elmo Board of Education met in regular session on Monday, Nov. 16.

Board members reviewed the Illinois School Report Card for the district and individual schools.

As a district, the average class size is 15 students, with 478 students enrolled in total. Of those, 14 percent move in or out of the schools from Oct. 1 through the last day of the year. The school system has a graduation rate of 85 percent and of those, 36 percent are reported as being “ready for college.” The district spends $5,281 per student for instruction.

The report also examines growth rates in mathematics and reading, on a scale from 0-200, with 100 representing no growth. St. Elmo High School scored 97 in reading and 98 in mathematics. The state averages were 99 and 103, respectively.

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McKinney brings water and sewer experience to St. Elmo Print E-mail
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Monday, 16 November 2015 12:11

Peg McKinney is new to St. Elmo. So is the position of public works supervisor. But McKinney certainly isn’t new to public works herself.

The recently hired city employee has spent the last 30 years working in sewer and water roles. McKinney stated that she most recently held the title of superintendent of public works for the Village of Harristown, near Decatur. After a political shake-up left her dissatisfied, she began searching for a new opportunity. Her boyfriend lives in Effingham and so she began perusing the job market in the area, when she came across St. Elmo’s newly-formed position.

She is a certified water and sewer operator, but in her current role, she also supervises street and city maintenance.

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Huelskoetter leaves a legacy of kindness and compassion Print E-mail
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Monday, 16 November 2015 12:13

Generous. Compassionate. Caring. Kind. All of us would be grateful for others to use these words when describing us. For Dr. Delbert Huelskoetter, these are exactly the words his friends, employees, and others that knew him well use to characterize him. Those compliments are bestowed upon him as a result of his daily dedication to being a servant leader and love for his work, his patients, and his fellow man.

Huelskoetter, a well-regarded area physician, died on Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 3:45 a.m. at Lutheran Care Center in Altamont.

Huelskoetter was born on April 18, 1930 in Moccasin in rural Effing ham County before graduating from Lincoln Community High School.

During his senior year, he was part owner of John & Delbert’s Shell Station, where he earned money to complete college. His stint in the Air Force during the Korean War allowed him to finish his medical education with no debt. Following in the footsteps of his mentor Dr. Holman, Huelskoetter knew he wanted to become a physician from the time  he was in the eighth grade.

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Chamber to host open house at incubator site Print E-mail
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Monday, 09 November 2015 14:48

The Altamont Chamber of Commerce is hosting an open house and fall social at the incubator building at 6 N. Fourth St. on Monday, Nov. 16, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Business professionals, entrepreneurs, and community members are invited to see the offerings at the incubator building and enjoy refreshments, including wine, along with networking.

If interested, please RSVP to Dawn Burrow at (618) 267-6537 or send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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